Bon Macaron Patisserie

Green Tea & Lemon Macarons

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There are few things in life more soothing and refreshing than a cup of tea—even if you're not English! Our latest flavour is filled with green tea-infused white chocolate ganache, that has a nice, generous squeeze of fresh lemon added in.

The oldest known monograph/book on tea was written in China around 760 AD: The Classic of Tea. The author, Lu Yu, is thought to have been an orphan who was adopted by a Buddhist monk from the Dragon Cloud Monastery, but who later ran away to join the circus as a clown, only to eventually become a scholar! The following is taken directly from wikipedia, and it outlines the chapters of The Classic of Tea. Have scroll though—you will never look at your cup of tea, or these macarons, the same way again.

The Classic of Tea

One: Origin (一之源)
This chapter covers the mythological origins of tea in China. It also contains a horticultural description of the tea plant and its proper planting as well as some etymological speculation, features and characteristics of tea trees. The characteristics of quality tea leaves, and soils and topography compared to tea quality. Benefits of good teas and bad teas. The geographical region, harvest seasons and growing methods in relation to tea quality.

Two: Tools (二之具)
This chapter describes fifteen tools for picking, steaming, pressing, drying and storing tea leaves and cakes. Tools for making compressed tea brick, construction and recommended materials, specifications and instructions for these tools.

Three: Making (三之造)
This chapter recommends methods for the production of tea cake. The right time of the day, season and climate for plucking. Drying and storing of collected tea. Texture and features of quality brick tea. Understanding process methods and how to identify quality brick tea.

Four: Utensils (四之器)
This chapter describes twenty eight items used in the brewing and drinking of tea, including specifications and instructions, construction and recommended materials. The effect of these utensils to tea brew.[5]

    •    crushing block (砧椎)
    •    brazier (風爐)
    •    charcoal basket (炭筥)
    •    charcoal mallet (炭檛)
    •    fire chopsticks (火筴)
    •    cauldron (鍑)
    •    cauldron stand (交床)
    •    tea tongs (夾)
    •    paper wallet (紙囊)
    •    crushing roller (碾)
    •    sieve box (羅合)
    •    tea holder (則)
    •    water vessel (水方)
    •    water filter bag (漉水囊)
    •    gourd scooper (瓢)
    •    bamboo tongs (竹夾)
    •    salt container (鹺簋)
    •    boiled water vessel (熟盂)
    •    bowl (碗)
    •    bowl basket (畚)
    •    brush (劄)
    •    water basin (滌方)
    •    spent tea basin (滓方)
    •    tea cloth (巾)
    •    utensil table (具列)
    •    utensil basket (都籃)

Five: Boiling (五之煮)
This chapter gives guidelines for the proper preparation of tea. Methods and steps for baking tea brick before brewing, storage of baked tea brick. Types of water and water quality, things to look out for and timing of boiling water. Steps and methods in preparing tea. The brewing methods are designed for tea of the Tang Dynasty.

Six: Drinking (六之飲)
This chapter discusses the actual consumption of tea, some of its properties, the history of tea drinking, and the various types of tea known in 8th century China. Reasons for drinking tea, how or when tea drinking started and its progress through the Tang Dynasty. Various types of tea and their drinking methods. Tea should be drunk pure without adding any ingredients to it, good tea brew should begin with careful preparation from cultivation to brewing. Methods of sharing tea with acquaintance.

Seven: History (七之事)
This chapter gives various anecdotes about the history of tea in Chinese records, from Shennong through the Tang Dynasty. Begin with an index list of influential individuals related to tea before the Tang Dynasty. A collection of literature and historical records on tea legends and famous people, folklore and customs, tea poems and tea stories, health benefits of tea in recorded medical books, tea as medical herb and tea cure formula, tea usage in cooking and tea recipes.

Eight: Growing Regions (八之出)
This chapter compares and ranks eight tea producing regions in China at its time.

Nine: Simplify (九之略)
This chapter lists procedures that may be omitted and under what circumstances. Tools and methods that can be excluded in cultivation and processing under abnormal conditions. Tea utensils and brewing methods that can be simplified or improvised under various outdoor and unusual habitat environments.

Ten: Pictorialize (十之圖)
This chapter consists of how to transfer the contents onto placards or large scrolls for hanging on the wall for quick references. The silk scrolls that provide an abbreviated version of the previous nine chapters.